public programs

bronx river camp and sailing camp


Rocking the Boat provides placed-based environmental education and recreational activities on the water in a community where the need for both outdoor summer programming and environmental stewardship could not be higher.  Middle schoolers participating in nearby camp and school-based summer programs sign up for Bronx River Camp to practice working as a team, learn about the local environment as they learn how to row, and explore plant and animals species in and around the river. 

Sailing Camp introduces 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to the sport of sailing in their local waters, with high schoolers from the community serving as their teachers and mentors.  Both camps expose younger students to the Rocking the Boat community and are an excellent recruitment tool for the Youth Development Program.

On my first day I was reluctant to come because I didn’t know anyone. I don’t enjoy situations where I have to make new friends or do new things. I didn’t think I would enjoy rowing too much either. Now that it is the last day I can honestly say I am glad I came. I like my team. I liked getting to know them. Now I enjoy rowing. I’m proud because I have calluses and experience. I’m thinking of maybe coming back here, too.

Ney, eighth grade Bronx River camper


The following New York City high schools, middle schools, and community-based organizations have sent students to camp:

Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
Graham Windham
Hyde Leadership Charter School
Lafayette-Boynton Apartments
New Settlement Apartments
St. Ignatius School

kids don’t just build boats, boats build kids

rocking the boat
812 edgewater road
bronx, ny 10474
phone: 718.466.5799
fax: 718.466.2892